Fire Safety & Prevention

According to the National Fire Protection Association, residential fires accounted for nearly 3,000 deaths and over 14,000 injuries in 2007, and firefighters responded to a home fire every 79 seconds. Simple steps can be taken throughout the home to reduce the risk of fire and injury/loss of life:

  • Working smoke alarms should be found in each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home. Smoke alarms should be tested monthly to ensure they are working properly and the batteries are good.
  • Be sure fire extinguishers are available on every level of the home and that each household member knows how to use them.
  • Reduce the risk of fire outside of the home by removing dying or dead trees and shrubs and by keeping dry brush and debris at least 30 feet away from the home. Keep gutters, roof, and eaves clear of debris.
  • Be sure any candles in the home are placed away from curtains and other furniture, as well as out of reach of children and pets. Consider using safer alternatives such as flameless candles.
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  • Electrical fires are responsible for one in seven of all home fires in the United States every year. According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 53,000 home electrical fires are reported each year resulting in approximately 500 deaths, 1,400 injuries, and $1.5 billion in property damage. Most electrical fires and injuries can be prevented by taking simple steps around the home:

    • Cover all unused outlets with safety plugs.
    • Check used outlets to make sure they are not being overloaded.
    • Check cords for frays and warmth.
    • Be sure lighting fixtures and bulbs are placed away from flammable objects such as curtains, clothes, bedding, and other fabrics. 

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